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basically up in new hampshire. he's going to skip the very critical state of iowa where a lot of social conservatives. but jon huntsman thinks he could be the centrist candidate in this race. >> thanks. your next political update in about an hour. for all the latest political news you can go to our website, cnnpolitics.com or stay tuned. >> i love politics. >> it's your thing. >> i know it is. >> happy monday. >> thaw. live from studio 7, i'm suzanne malveaux, monday, june 20th. a major win for retail giant walmart at the supreme court today. the justices ruled a massive gender discrimination lawsuit had too many plaintiffs and too many sets of facts to be lumped together as a class action. if the court had ruled the other way, the case would have become the largest class action in u.s. history. but, perhaps, more than 1 million plaintiffs.
arizona fire crews are hoping today's weather forecast pans out. winds are supposed to die down while humidity levels creep up. the u.s. forest service calls the massive fire near sierra vista, arizona, the nation's number one priority. it's burned five dozen homes and other buildings in the border community. in orlando, casey anthony's defense team could wrap up its case this week. in her capital murder trial. forensics experts has testified duct tape found on her daughter caylee's remains had been placed there long after her death. prosecutors claim casey anthony suffocated the 2-year-old by sealing her nose and mouth with duct tape. the new york state senate could vote today to legalize same-sex marriage. the bill easily passed the state assembly last week. but supporters are one vote short in the senate. today's the last day the
legislature meets this year. the governor has the power to extend the session. georgia's tough new immigration law is on the line in federal court today. civil rights groups are asking a judge to put on hold on the law while their case works its way through the courts. the police can check immigration status of suspect who is can't show a valid i.d. outgoing defense secretary robert gates confirms to cnn that the u.s. is reaching out now to the taliban. gates describes talks as preliminary and predicts it will be some time before any negotiated settlement is possible. president obama begins a troop drawdown in afghanistan in july. promises and threats from syria's president today, bashar al assad, addressing the nation for the third time since a popular uprising began. he raised the possibility of amending the constitution and even national dialogue, but he
pledged to track down what he called the armed gangs that whipped up street violence. here's your chance to talk back on one of the big stories of the day. today's question, what, if anything, can be gained from the united states holding talks with the taliban? our carol costello joins us from new york with more. carol, it's a very controversial proposal, but it looks like it's happening. >> it does look like -- you heard from secretary gates there, it is happening. osama bin laden's pal is free somewhere but we do know because the taliban told us he's alive and well and leading taliban fighters in afghanistan. just like all those years ago when he was sheltering osama bin laden. >> the people think they can provide them safe havens will be held accountable, the feem that feed them will be held accountable. and the taliban must take my statements seriously.
>> but that was then. the united states still wants to arrest omar but u.s. diplomats say he's different from other taliban. there are some that are really bad and some who are less bad who the united states believes would be willing to renounce al qaeda and help bring peace to afghanistan. so, what's wrong with that? the united states has negotiated with some vile people in the past, like insurgents in iraq, the very people who killed our soldiers. the problem with the taliban is it's still the taliban when it comes to things like religious extremism. not even a moderate taliban thinks girls need to read or marry who they wish. what if anything can be gained from holding talks with the taliban? facebook.com carolcnn. >> i remember covering bush, asking the former secretary of state, condoleezza rice, whether they were talking to the
taliban. they were very skiddish about that because obviously there are points where they feel like, yes, perhaps we can talk with the taliban. other times they're like, this is a losing proposition. interesting we're back where we were just some years ago. >> well, secretary gates said that maybe now is the time not for hard negotiations but if our military, with the help of the afghan military, i would guess, weakens the taliban enough, then the taliban would be willing to negotiate and willing to maybe help bring peace to afghanistan and stop blowing up roads and stuff like that, or setting fires to schools that educate girls. we'll see. >> all right. carol, thanks. good to see you. here's a run down of some of the stories ahead. first, more courtroom drama this morning in the casey anthony murder trial. then confirmation from the defense secretary right here on cnn. the u.s. is talking with the taliban. and children's food allergies are now on the rise. what foods to look out for and a
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word just in the casey anthony trial is in recess until tomorrow. this is week five of the murder trial that got under way today in orlando and the defense is trying to discredit a key piece of prosecution evidence, duct tape found on the remains of 2-year-old caylee anthony. well, theed toddler's mother casey -- david, bring us up to speak on what happened in the courtroom today. >> reporter: well, suzanne, we got absolutely nowhere today. no one was called to the stand. there was no testimony. in fact, a fight that started on friday in the court -- actually, on saturday in the courtroom carried over today. the prosecution continuing to complain that the defense is putting witnesses on the stand that they're not prepared for. there's an agreement early on in this case that both sides are supposed to let the other side
know what their witness is going to say so they can be prepared. today is the second day the prosecution is saying, we haven't had enough time to look at what these witnesses are going to say to prepare a proper rebuttal and prepare any sort of cross-examination. the judge apparently agreed with that somewhat today. for the second time an expert witness for the defense was not allowed to take the stand today so the prosecution would have more time. also, the judge came back after a lengthy recess this morning saying, look, that's it. we're not going to go forward any more today. we're going to come back at 9:00 tomorrow morning. he didn't exactly say why. but earlier today, he did admonish both sides for the way things are going. listen. >> enough is enough. and both sides need to be forewarned that exclusion, even
at the price of having to do it all over again, which i don't think i will have to do it all over again, because of repeated violations, exclusion may be the proper remedy if it continues. >> reporter: so, you heard the judge there warning both sides that if you put a witness on the stand that the other side is not prepared for, then i'm going to ask that witness to step down, even if it means a mistrial, which he said he doesn't think that would happen. so, he clearly laying down the law here, but the fact is, here we are on monday. the defense essentially dead in the water, waiting to be able to put new expert witnesses on the stand. we're waiting until 9:00 tomorrow morning now for this trial to continue. suzanne? >> i can't imagine starting from the very beginning, this trial.
there have been so many twists and turns. but, tell our viewers, first of all, just what the significance is of the duct tape here. defense witnesses have focused on duct tape evidence presented by the prosecution. what is the importance of this back and forth over this witness taking the stand and testifying over duct tape. >> reporter: there is no clear evidence in how caylee anthony died. so, it's a circumstantial case. the prosecution has come forward with the scenario that caylee anthony was murdered by her mother when she placed duct tape over her mouse and nose, causing her to suffocate. that would make it a murder weapon for the prosecution. the defense is claiming, they are bringing experts onto the stand who are testifying, in fact, this duct tape was not something that you could read anything into. and there's one expert on saturday who actually testified that this duct tape, he believes, was placed on the
baby's skull after some period of decomposition. he speculates it was there to hold the jaw bone in place by someone attempting to move the body. so, the defense trying to build their own case here before the jury to try and make it plausible that this is not a case of murder, but, in fact, a tragic drowning that this child drowned in the family pool and then a panic that the family tried to cover it up. but the approximation each time trying to stay front and center with the idea this child was murdered. >> okay. now i get it. i get it now. any word on whether casey anthony is going to take the stand? do we have any idea if that's going to happen this week? >> reporter: none whatsoever. not a hint at all the defense will try to put her on the stand at this time. they are clearly trying to chip away at this circumstantial case by bringing their own experts on to refute portions of the case
of the prosecution that they see as weak. and that's what we saw on saturday. that's what we expected to see today. but we're not seeing any testimony at all. that's going to have to wait until tomorrow. >> we'll break down the latest testimony in the casey anthony trial in the next hour. holly hughes will be joining us with her insight on this case. that's coming up at 12:30 eastern on cnn "newsroom." talking now with the enemy. defense secretary robert gates tells cnn the u.s. is reaching out to the taliban. we'll bring you a live report. v. ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪
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our big story of the day -- the united states government in talks now with the taliban. null confirmation coming from defense secretary robert gates and our cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr is joining us live to talk about this. barbara, we heard secretary gates say that these talks have now been ongoing for weeks. what do we know about the talks and what about the timing of this? why now? >> well, suzanne, according to defense secretary robert gates, these talks are very preliminary. he says it's preliminary contacts. in fact, they still need to make sure that the people they're talking to really do represent the taliban. very early days in all of this. gates is pretty cautious, even in his last days in office, he's scheduled to step down by the end of the month, about whether it can all work. and i want you to listen to a little bit of how he laid it all
out for cnn's candy crowley on "state of the union". >> real reconciliation talks are not likely to be able to make any substantive headway until at least this winter. i think that the taliban have to feel themselves under military pressure and begin to believe that they can't win before they're willing to have a serious conversation. we've all said all along that a political outcome is the way most of these wars end. the question is, when and if they're ready to talk seriously about meeting the red lines that president karzai and that the coalition have laid down, including totally disavowing al qaeda. >> now, this couldn't be more important, of course, for the u.s. troops still fighting on the front lines. about 100,000 of them. they are waiting in the coming days to see what president obama announces in this much-anticipated decision about
when troops can come home, how many troops can come home. that decision could come, that announcement could come at any time. competing pressures, getting the taliban to fall in line, but on the other hand, many will say, osama bin laden is dead. if he's dead and gone, why are 10 0,000 troops still fighting there. >> help us understand this because the same day gates confirmed talks with the taliban, had you a suicide bomber targeting a nato convoy in northern afghanistan. there were people who were killed. i mean, can we really trust the taliban? >> well, i think this is the essential dilemma. the taliban are a very diverse group, to say the least. necessity have many factions, different leaders, different loyalties but only one insurgent group in afghanistan, aren't they? there's the hakani network, a good deal of other insurgent activity. many divided loyalties. so, who is the u.s. really talking to? who do they represent?
if you reach some accommodation with one faction of the taliban, what about everybody else out there that continues fighting? >> do we have -- do we have any idea what their incentive is, the taliban, for talking now? if the u.s. is going to leave, troops are going to leave fairly soon, are they simply buying time? >> yeah, i think a lot of people suspect that, to be very clear. the taliban, you know, they' they're -- they're operational memory, if you will, their thought process is a lot longer than the u.s.'s. a lot of people think they're just going to sit it out and wait. what gates is talking about is, you have to take away their ability to come back. have you to make the afghan government and the afghan security forces so strong that when the taliban decide they're ready to reemerge at some point, there's nowhere for them to grab hold and take power, but it may be very problematic for the karzai government to ever be that strong in the near future.
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now for stories our affiliates are watching across the country. first and foremost, the wildfires in the south and southwest. the worse by far are in arizona. more than 760,000 acres are burning there. but firefighters are getting a bit of a break right now. the winds seem to be dying down and the humidity is picking up. conditions are still critical in new mexico and texas. now, over the weekend, a fire chased about 200 families from
their homes in midway, texas. that fire is now just 15% contained. three others are burning just outside houston. check this out. this is hail so heavy it looks like snow. this was in central colorado over the weekend. and we're looking to see if we've got anything like that, our own bonnie schneider keeping an eye on all these things. unbelievable when you take a look at the weather across the country. what's going on? >> a lot of extreme weather, you're right, from fires to flood watches and even -- hail that looks like snow. we have a tornado in nebraska, incredible video. incredible pictures of a tornado actually started out as a funnel cloud and touched down in an open field and just some rough weather in nebraska. i would like to say the severe threat is over in nebraska but it's not.
we still have strong thunderstorms rolling through the plain states and midwest. chicago getting hit hard with thunderstorms. severe weather popping up throughout iowa. now that's sliding to the east. some watches have expired. heavy downpours and lightning strikes. this is a good time of year to be safe. if you see flashes of lightning, hear thunder, get inside immediately. could be a severe storm. heavy rain sweeping across the nation's midsection and we're monitoring what's happening with the fire threat. very dangerous, critical conditions due to gusty winds and hot temperature for today across texas, across new mexico. changes are ahead. i'm happy to say. a cold front coming in. it's a fairly weak one but it will make a difference and improve things slightly for tuesday. i don't think we'll see critical conditions on tuesday. but for today, the winds will be very gusty, mostly out of the southwest and then change direction as that front drops down. we'll see the temperature, the hot temperature cling to more central and southern texas and
temperature cool down, winds lessen and we get slightly cooler air. i say slightly because it's still warm across the area with temperatures in the 80s and 90s and heat indices into the triple digits across the south, mid-south oppressive and dangerous. vicksburg, mississippi, it will feel like 108 degrees. for those traveling we do have airport delays happening right now. i mention severe weather in the midwest impacting chicago, severe wleer popping up there. cincinnati, laguardia, departure delays after a nice weekend. chicago, ground dray dlaelays a o'hare. don't forget, i didn't mention, we still have the winter weather advisories for the mountains of colorado. snow is expected. it is justice but we're still looking at wintry weather there. >> amazing. thank you so much. children's food allergies are much higher and possibly more dangerous than we even previously thought. we'll discuss that with our senior medical correspondent. if you replace 3 tablespoons of sugar a day with splenda®
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a study published in "preet tricks" suggest more children suffer food allergies than previously believed. as parents know, sometimes these reactions can be pretty severe. our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins us. i love the display here. i mean, i always love these displays. we learn so much. how widespread is this problem?
>> previously a lot of studies pointed to 2% to 5% of kids had food allergies and this study, a big stud y 8%. a tad higher than what we thought. a third of these kids with allergies had allergies to multiple foods. it wasn't just one food, it was multiple food. and about 40% of them had severe reactions. they didn't get a little itchy. they had problems breathing. >> what foods trigger these reactions? >> it's a relatively short list of food trigger reactions in most of the kids. here are the three fwbiggies. peanuts were responsible for 25% of the allergies. and 21% of the kids with allergies were allergic to milk. and about 17% were allergic to shell fish. peanuts, milk, shell fish, those were the three biggies. >> why do we suppose it's increasing, on the rise now? why is that happening? >> lots of theories. one is that parents are too clean. >> you're kidding, really?
>> it's really true. that's a theory. you probably know parents who, you know, are always worried little jimmy or susie is going to get dirty, if something falls on the floor, they wash it right away. in the old days, if something fell on the kid, you gave it back to your kid. >> ten-second rule. >> or ten-minute rule, ten-hour rule. the theory is when kids don't get all those germs because their parents are so fa stid yous, their immune systems can't give a good defense. their bodies don't learn how to deal with germs. >> what with should parents do? >> parents need to be on the lookout for these things. parents ask, how do i know if my kid has a food allergy? sometimes a kid will eat something and feel sick. or eat something and the next day will be itchy. one thing important to remember, if your child has a food allergy, you'll know it probably within minutes. maybe an hour. but usually within minutes. so, it happens quickly. once you think there's an allergy, get to a doctor. if your child really does have
an allergy, have you to become a really good label reader, looking for those things. peanuts and milk are in so many different things. it's tough. >> a lot of things, yes. thank you so much. appreciate it, as always. well, an obama impersonator's act is cut short. find out why he thinks he got escorted off the stage at a republican conference.
seeing president obama on stage at a republican leadership conference would have been strange enough, right? but what happened with an obama impersonator, equally bizarre. the comedian reggie brown was escorted off stage. his act was cut short when he started making jokes about republicans, after first taking on the president. >> we're more than halfway through june already. now, my favorite month is february. black history month. you see, michelle, she celebrates the full month. and, you know, i celebrate half. my father was a black man from kenya. and my mother was a white woman from kansas. so, yes, my mother loved a black man and, no, she was not a kardashian. you got your front-runner, mitt romney. now, don't get me wrong.
he might make a great president, along with his first lady, second lady, third lady. it's unfortunate that tim pawlenty couldn't make it here. but cut him some slack. he's having his foot surgically removed from his mouth. oh, no, don't worry. luckily for him, it's covered under obamney care. what can i say about michele bachmann she hasn't already said about herself? >> in an interview today with kyra phillips, brown was asked if he was yanked because his act was running long or because of the content. >> well, basically -- well, i was at the republican leadership conference and i was just entering my set where i started to, you know, have some fun with the republican candidates. so, i do believe that i was over my time by a few minutes.
and i also believe the material was starting to get to a point where maybe they started to, you know, feel uncomfortable with where it was going. but i was just doing my thing. >> well, you don't see many obama impersonators in this country. i was equally surprised to find one in indonesia last year. >> hi inspect . yes, we can. >> reporter: soon he got offers to travel to other countries to play the u.s. president. >> like this, i walk into the crowd and then people say, hey, is that the real obama? and then people, mr. president you are good people. >> reporter: you get this all the time? >> yeah. >> well, president obama has been known to poke fun at himself, but what does he think about these look-alikes? part of the best political team on television live from the white house.
do we have any reaction from the administration on this, this guy getting pulled from the stage? >> reporter: no, no reaction from the administration, suzanne. but it's an interesting story that has been dominating our coverage this morning. at the republican leadership conference you have this impersonator, reggie brown. a somewhat convincing impersonator. i thought he definitely had the voice down. he was telling jokes at the president's expense, of course. at one point he did tell a joke, putting up a picture from the 1970's sanford and son show, saying this is what the president and michelle obama will look like after they leave office. he moved on after that to talk about republican hopefuls and making jokes at a expense of republicans and speaker john boehner and at that point organizers felted he was inappropriate and ended his performance. >> there are not a lot of obama
impersonators, i notice, but once in a on it while you get those guys coming up and making jokes. i understand there's some news about the president tweeting, is that right? >> reporter: yeah, that's right. so, as you know, suzanne, the president has had a twitter handle for some time. i think since 2007. it's @barack obama. his staff has been making the tweets. announcement is his re-election staff will be managing his twitter account and facebook account and for the first time we'll see the president himself, we're told, tweeting. how do you know if it's the president versus his staff? if it is the president, it's going to be signed with his initials. obviously, they're trying to generate ahead of the 2012 election a lot of traffic and some retweets by doing this. people will pay more attention if the president himself is tweeting versus one of his staff members. >> absolutely. we're looking forward to seeing
that. thank you so much. the latest political news, you know where to go, cnnpolitics.com. don't forget to vote for your choose the news story you'd like to see. you can vote for your favorite by texting 22360, text one for japan's green tea crisis. a look at how japan's nuclear disaster is affecting the country's crops. text two for small businesses hit hard. hard times rippling through smaller companies. and text three for drop dead diva. when the high school said she couldn't go to prom with her girlfriend, she fought back. now she has a role in television based on her own life. well, in this tight job market, prospective employers aren't just glancing at your resume. they're taking a long, hard look at your skills, your experience, your work history, and one thing that jumps out, gaps in employment. allison is here for more of the tips for jobs. there are those who want jobs,
what should they do? >> well, and you said it, with so many people out there who are out of work, you know, there's more competition. in fact, the labor department says about 6 million americans, they have been unemployed for six months or longer. that's more than 45% of all unemployed americans. now, employers know it's not easy to land a job right now, but the fact is, you've got to be prepared to talk about any large gaps you have on your resume. a layoff, of course, is understandable in this economy, but if you quit a job that may show a lack of commitment or it could indicate you act compulsively. if y had any good reason for leaving, went back to school, had a personal hardship, the add rice is explain it and remember to be brief, keep the language professional and, of course, stay on topic. >> hopefully somebody -- a potential employer would want to know about your work experience not what you've done during the times that you weren't working, but if they do ask, how do you actually use that to your advantage? >> well, we talked with career
coach ellen gordon reeves and he says the biggest mistake people make when looking for a job is thinking it's all about them, it's about finding their dream job. the fact is, it's not. it's about being a good fit for a prospective employer. so, when you're asked about gaps in your career, talk about what you've learned from that. if you have taken a part-time job to pay the bills, how has that helped you learn to juggle responsibilities. if you enrolled in a computer course, explain how those new skills would help on the job. if you're volunteering, even for just a few months, a few days a month, go ahead and talk about how that sort of leadership could translate into the workplace. it's all about playing up those strengths, suzanne. >> and another question a lot of folks have, if you took a couple years off the workplace to raise kids, well, what happens next? alison has tips on how to sell your parenting skills in an interview. [ female announcer ] splenda® no calorie sweetener is sweet...
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been out of the work force for six months or so, what you should be doing. what can you tell folks who are worried, particularly if they've been out of work because they've been parenting. >> you know what, it's really all about the explanation. look, if you took a few years off to raise kids, talk about how parenting translates into the working world. you know, think about it. multitasking is a huge part of caring for kids. also, if you took on roles in, let's say, the pta or kids' activities at home, point that out, especially if you chaired committees or organized events at schools because the fact of the matter s these are all experiences that can show you -- that can show your prospective employer that you can lead, you can solve problems and that you communicate well with others. >> any other advice, alison? >> at the bottom line here, when you're asked anything about your career on an interview, be honest and be sincere. employers can afford to be selective right now. they're going to check your references. they will search you online, search your name. if you don't tell the truth and
you get caught, you can be -- you can almost bet you're not going to get that job. >> all right, great advice. thank you so much. appreciate it. the supreme court is putting the brakes on a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against walmart. at the heart of the case is whether or not the largest retailer in the world intentionally passed over female employees for promotions. here to talk about the ruling is someone who is close to the case, close to me as well, catholic university law school professor, author of a case book on class action lawsuits and an article on the walmart case specifically for harvard law and policy journal, my sister, suzette malveaux. good morning. explain to us what this court ruling means for big businesses and also those wronged by a major corporation. >> as you mentioned, this is the largest employment discrimination case in the country. it has just been killed by the supreme court. so, this is really devastating
for about 1.5 million women all over the country who were challenging gender discrimination -- alleging gender discrimination at walmart in pay and promotions. it's going to be much more difficult for them to go forward. each one is going to have to bring their own individual case, which of course can be tough. it's expensive. they might be afraid of retal tags. it's kind of a divide and conquer. they're in a much tougher position than they were before. businesses are in an easier position. they will be able to defend themselves in the future from these kinds of very gigantic cases, because the court has raised the par and said it is now more difficult for these cases to be brought. have you to have significant proof that there's enough glue to hold the case together. and here the court said there was not significant proof, that it didn't make sense for this to go forward as a class action. >> so, do these women have any recourse now that the decision has been made? what do they need to do as
individuals, or can they get together as little groups? >> well, that's a good question. i mean, they can definitely bring their cases as individuals. the supreme court said nothing about whether or not there was, in fact, gender discrimination going on at walmart. so, each individual woman is welcome to proceed they might b smaller groups together. i mean you can do something shy of a class action. but for many individuals that do not have a lot of resources or small claims, the class action is the only realistic way of going forward and challenging a giant corporation like walmart. those kinds of giant corporations are in better shape today than they were before this ruling? >> how significant is it for these companies, these big groups that they don't have to deal with a lot of people all at
once. what does that mean for them? they potentially could lose billions of dollars? >> absolutely. in a class action the stakes are raised and everybody knows that. that decision, the entire case has hinged on that decision. the defendant will want to settle, and the plaintiffs will want to settle just because is that a huge win. if you get the case to go forward as a class action. now that that is no longer true here in the walmart case, that is very good news for walmart, and very good news for companies who may have very large workforces that are challenging them for some kind of discrimination, and walmart and those companies have a better shot at defending themselves from that kind of litigation. so it does put them in a better position. i think what was interesting, it was a 5-4 split, so a close decision. it was close between the supreme
court justices. and all three female justices objected to this, and none of the female justices going along with this decision. >> thank you so much. suzette malvo. and defense secretary robert gates says it's nothing serious at this point. and that brings us to our "talk back" question, and carol costello --? >> it would be so handy to have a twin sister. let's say you wanted to say, would i look good in a hairstyle, you could have her try it out. she could be the guinea pig. >> that is true. >> and what could be gained from
holding talks with the taliban? this from jared. i thought we did not negotiate with terrorists. we are giving them our troop withdrawal dates and sounds like we're setting ourselves up with a double cross. and this from kara. what could be gained? maybe we could bring them home to their families. we can't stay there forever and we cannot change these peoples' culture overnight. and this from joseph. the goals of the taliban are the destruction of israel and to kill americans. how can you negotiate that? this is nothing like negotiating with japan afterward ward two. talking things over is better than bombing and killing regardless of your views on the taliban. if we won't consider diplomacy
then we are no better than the taliban. keep the comments coming and i will be back with you in 20 minutes or so -- actually, 15. >> thank you, carol. >> might be or my twin sister, you never know. >> she was good. >> yeah, yeah, she's great. she's got the law down and much smarter than me. see you in a bit. they have been together more than 60 years and still waiting and hoping to marry. new york might give them that chance. that's why i like glucerna shakes. they have slowly digestible carbs to help minimize blood sugar spikes, which can help lower a1c. glucerna products help me keep everything balanced. [ golf clubs clanking ] [ husband ] i'm good! well, almost everything. [ male announcer ] glucerna. delicious shakes and bars. helping people with diabetes find balance. vietnam, 1967.
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>> we did not know each other or anything. >> i had a part-time job to bring in money, and in walked this young man. i knew my life was changing right there and then. and it did. >> richard is 84 years old, and john mace is 91. at this tender age, they both still teach. it was music that brought them together professionally, and personally. >> he would find excuses to come and sing for me. i want to sing for you. >> i want to sing for you. which really meant i want to be near you. >> they have been near each other every since after years of pretending to be straight. >> it was like a load off. no more making believe that you are who you are not. that's a burden that people who
are gay carry call the time. >> reporter: still, something is missing from their relationship. >> i come from an italian family and they are the marrying kind. >> they thought about getting married 40 years ago, and that was unheard of then, and now new york is becoming one of the largest states to allow same-sex marriage. they dismiss those that say it will ruin marriage. >> the only sank tau fiing thing about it is what two people bring to it. >> they deserve better than what we have, and it's terrible to be looked down and be considered a second-class citizen. >> that's what it is. what he said. >> reporter: no matter how the vote turns out, they say their love will always be in harmony. >> thank you, john.
i am suzanne malveaux. want to get you up to speed. calmer winds and moister air could help firefighters in arizona today. they are battling fires near a town to the border of mexico. it has forced more people now to evacuate. >> we did not lose our family. that matters. that's important. when you look at 40 homes, really all that matters your family, really. the other stuff is trivial. 15,000 acre wildfire in east texas has destroyed at least two homes and six hunting cabins. it's 100 miles north of houston.
today's forecast for the area calls for gusty winds and highs near 100 degrees. there is a risk for a dangerous storm again today from texas to minnesota. there were 13 tornados reported yesterday. several funnel clouds made for some scary skies around north platt, nebraska. the judge in the casey anthony trial cancelled trial for today. he spent the morning scolding the attorneys for gamesmanship. anthony is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter, caylee. >> enough is enough. both sides need to be forewarned that exclusions, even at the
price of having to do it all over again, that may be the price if it continues. a chemical fire in st. louis today chased five people from their homes and shut pourts of interstate 44 down through the city, and tankers containing solvents caught fire. children protests against the syrian government. youtube shows them chanting "go away." now, there is a suggestion of a national dialogue. he blames the violence on what he calls armed gangs. today marks the 91st day of nato's military campaign in libya.
significant because of the war powers act. top republicans say that president obama had to get congressional approval for the operation by day 90. well, he didn't. the republican-led house could vote this week to limit money for the libyan operation. don't forget, ..com or .net. let's talk about these changes and what this all means. our correspondent is joining us from san francisco. dan, there is a lot of talk about this among our team. people are asking is it a way of becoming the king or queen of your domain and an opportunity to own yourself on the internet. what is it? >> well, you know, i think that's a good way of looking at it. it's a way for companies and individuals to brand themselves differently online. so let's give you an example.
say you're pepsi, and right now their internet address is www.pepsi.com. under the new rules, they could takeover .pepsi, and take that over in a number of ways. the era of .com is coming to an end. >> can we all start creating our own dot whatevers, or is there a cost vold? >> you better have the money if you want to do that. it's $185,000, plus $25,000 each year. it would allow anybody to essentially get their own internet suffix. it's going to be expensetive. these could be quite complicated. it could be 65 letters in total. the way we search the internet could change a little bit, but that's obviously why we have google, because we can go in
there and essentially look for whatever we want. >> does it ma messier, and massive because you can have potentially 60 characters in your domain? >> i think it has the potential to do that. it could become messy because you could have fierce composition for the same internet extension. to use another example. the apple industry might want to have .apple. it would go in front of an auction, and then the highest bidder would win out. it could be messy in that regard, because you could have different parties trying to get the same extension. so you know, it's really going to be up for grabs. >> does it make it harder or easier for somebody to break in and assume your domain identity? >> well, according to the governing body, this is the internet corporation for assigned names and numbers. they had a meeting in singapore.
they say it's going to be harder. there will be a real vetting process to make sure that companies that are licensed or trademarked get the name. so in the '90s it gave rise to the term cyber squatting. individuals would go in and snatch up the well-known names like nike and coca-cola, and then they would sell the names back to the companies. and then we will use the pepsi example, only pepsi would have access to the name but critics are worried that this could open up a whole new level of cybersquatting and it could get messy. >> if we pull to get our resources, $185,000, and see how it goes. fascinatiing stuff and could change everything. today's question, what can, if anything be gained with the u.s. holding talks with the
taliban? that's right, the taliban. carol costello joins us from new york with more. looks like this is happening. >> looks like it's happening. according to secretary gates, negotiations are under way, at least superficially let's say. and bin laden's pal, omar is still alive because he is leading the taliban, just like all the years ago when he was sheltering bin laden. >> the people that think they can provide them safe havens will be accountable, and the people that feed them will be held accountable, and the taliban must take my statement seriously. >> but that was then. and the united states still wants to arrest and kill omar, but they say he is different from the really bad taliban. there are some bad and then some
are less bad. the united states would be willing to talk to taliban. the problem with the taliban is it's still the taliban when it comes to things like religious extremism. not even a moderate taliban things girls ought to read or write or marry who they wish. what, if anything, can be gained from holding talks with the taliban? i will read your comments later this hour. >> carol, i remember in covering bush, asking the former secretary of state, condoleezza rice, what could be done here by not talking to the taliban, and not a popular idea at all, but it was one if it gets to a point where the taliban are cooperating perhaps it will work. here we are back at the same place years later. >> well, it's just -- i don't
know. it's just so awful to think about, because the taliban made it possible for bin laden to attack the united states. >> looking forward to the responses. thank you very much. some of the stories ahead. first, that's hail. not snow is that clogging up the highways in colorado. then, understanding john huntsman, the politics of the former ambassador to china who now wants his job. also, crossing the line at a gop conference. an obama impersonator goes too far with the republican jokes. plus, casey anthony's murder trial adjourned until tomorrow. i think one of the most important things that i taught both of my children about money is that more money, more problems. >> preparing children for the road ahead.
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about 200 families from their homes. that happened in midway, texas. now that fire is about 15% contained. but three others are burning just outside houston. check this out. hail so heavy it looks like snow. this was in central colorado over the weekend. can you imagine what these cars look like? i mean, that is really unbelievable when you see that video and realize what people are experiencing. >> today will be a more severe weather day than yesterday, further to the east, omaha, and kansas city and des moines, and down 35 threw topeka. it could be stronger with the potential for tornados. there's a big pressure center, much bigger than it should be this time of year coming out of the southwest and out of the west. it's the reason why we had all
the winds over the weekend in new mexico and arizona and texas causing the fires to erupt. now the energy or part of the storm that we're most concerned about has moved through the north and through kansas city and the big red area is a probable area for severe weather today. further south in there, probable weather for the red-flag warning and winds kicking up fires. that's the south end and this is the north end. the north has more cold air to mix in. cold and warm mixed together, something's going to pop and that's what we're having today. from omaha back through kansas city. here is a live shot. kshb right now. you are seeing cloud cover. feeling temperatures and they are fairly warm. i will pop it up right there. kshb, and tower in the background and kansas city, used to be there, not too far away, used to go to words of fun. today it would be fun to be
there for a while, and when the storms pop up in the afternoon, 6:00, 7:00 tonight, get the kids inside and the pets, too. there is the potential for tornados today that could do damage. 125-mile-per-hour wind over your house makes it significant. time for you to choose the news. here are your choices. first, japan's green tea crisis. could radiation from the crippled nuclear power plant end up in your cup? second choice. tough times for small businesses. they are supposed to be the engine of economic renewal, but the recession is hitting the little guys especially hard. third, drop dead diva. she wanted to go to the prom with her girlfriend and the high school said no and now the controversy landed this young woman a role on the television show based on her own life story. you can vote for the favorite
surprisingly well on a poll over the weekend. candy crowley has more on huntsman and where he stands. >> reporter: texas congressman ron paul can pack the house with position so he frequently wins straw polls like this one. but look who plays second. even the vote counter seems surprised. john huntsman, 382 votes. he is a former republican governor with a bipartisan twist to his resume. >> i know him because he was president obama's ambassador to china. >> reporter: as he officially launches his campaign, his former buddies from obama's team wants to hug him. >> he is encouraging on health care and the whole range of
issues. >> reporter: with no imagination whatsoever and the help of obama's top political consultant, can you hear how an obama huntsman race would play out. >> do you think barack obama has had a failed presidency? >> on the economic side, no signs of success. very little. >> that is in conflict with what he communicated to us in 2009. if he had suggestions on the economy, he had an excellent opportunity to suggest them then when we were altogether in china. i think that what has changed is not his view of the economy, but the view of his own chances to perhaps win the nomination. that's politics. he's a politician and sees an opportunity. >> huntsman favors civil unions for same-sex couples, and entertained but did not mandate health care insurance, and
thinks the u.s. needs to get out of afghanistan. you think democrats will be hard on huntsman? >> huntsman has weaknesses, on some substantive issues but the fact that he served in a democratic administration makes it tough in a republican primary. >> he fawned over obama to the point where he sounded like he should have been on msnbc. >> in political world, bipartisan ship is nice in rhetoric, but could be toxic in the election season. and then what happened with an obama impersonator equally bizarre. the comedian, reggie brown, was escorted off the stage. he started to make jokes about republicans after first taking on the president. >> we're more than halfway
through june already. now, my favorite month is february. black history month. see, michelle she celebrates the full month, and then, you know, i celebrate half. my father was a black man from kenya, and my mother was a white woman from kansas. so yes, my mother loved a black man, and no, she was not a kardashian. you got your frontrunner, mitt romney. now, don't get me wrong. he might make a great president along with his first lady. second lady, and third lady -- it's unfortunate that tim pawlenty could not make it here. cut him slack, he's having his foot surgically removed from his mouth. don't worry, luckily for him it's covered under the
obamneycare. >> brown was asked whether he was yanked because his act was running long or because of the content? >> well basically -- well, i was at the republican leadership conference and i was just entering my set where i started to, you know, have some fun with the republican candidates. so i do believe that i was over my time by a few minutes, and i also believe that the material was starting to get to point to where they started to feel uncomfortable with where it was going. just doing my thing. >> you don't see many obama impersonators in this country, let alone anywhere, but i was surprised to find one in indonesia. >> yes, we can. and that's all. >> reporter: he got offers to
play the u.s. president in other countries. >> like this, i walk into the crowd. people say, hey, it's that obama, and there's people -- they call it, mr. president, you are good people, and i go -- >> reporter: you get this all the time? >> yeah. >> here's a rundown. some of the stories we're working on next. casey anthony's trial adjourned. find out why and when to expect them back in court. then gratitude in turkey from those that made it out. a look at syria's most vulnerable refugees. later, we test politician statements on the truth-o-meter. x and natural minerals. give you sheer coverage instantly, then go on to even skin tone in four weeks. aveeno tinted moisturizers.
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we're watching several things today. today is the last day of the legislative session in new york and the bill needs the support of one more state senator to pass. supporters and opponents of georgia's new immigration bill are squaring off in court today. the law allows police to ask about immigration status when questioning suspects in certain criminal investigations. critics say it's unconstitutional. jury deliberations resume today in the federal trial of
rob blagojevich. last august, another jury deadlocked on 23 out of 24 charges. arguments over witness testimony brought the casey anthony murder trial to a halt today, a screeching halt. anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter. the judge was clearly frustrated and the trial is now in recess until tomorrow. joining us to talk about the latest developments is former prosecutor, holly hughes. if you would, it seems to me if this judge is just like, i've had enough from both lawyers on both sides here. what are they doing frustrating him so much? >> the big violation on the part of jose baez, who is the lead defense counsel for casey anthony, he is not turning over all the information that he wants his experts to testify to. there were a lot of pretrial hearings in this case. we have had three years of hearings leading up to the
trial, and in february it came to a head and judge perry signed an order and what he said was okay, guys, both sides are playing games, so i am being fair here, and i will put this order out and it applies to everybody. if you want an expert to testify to something, they have to render an report and this is my opinion and what i am basing it on, and baez is turning over reports and when they get on the stand he is asking them questions that were not in the report, a clear violation. >> what about the anthropologists, regarding what he had to say about duct tape? >> yeah, he started to testify saturday morning and went on about the bones, and that's fine, and that's his opinion and what he is qualified as an expert in, but when baez tried to get into the duct tape and the placement of the duct tape, and this is critical because the
prosecution is alleging the duct tape was the murder weapon, and mr. baez wanted them to testify it could not have been around the head. he's not an expert in that type of thing and therefore the paus cuter rightfully said judge this is in violation of the order. in his opinion, he said he was going to talk about the bones and not the duct tape. this is the central in the case, was that the murder weapon. >> what do we expect the defense to present this week? do we think casey anthony will take the stand? >> we know that she doesn't have to. the defense does not have to put her up. she has the fifth amendment right to stay silent that we hear about in all the tv shows, but since they promised in opening in the big bombshell where the baby drowned and she was sexually abused, she is the only one that can testify to that, so she has to take the stand and testify about it if
they want to prove that what they said in those deliberations. >> is it fast for all the presentation for the defense to be done in one week? >> it is. the prosecution is the one who has the burden of proof. they have to present so much evidence that they can say beyond a reasonable doubt we have proven her guilty. all the defense needs to do is poke holes in all the work the prosecution has done. all they need is one to hang the jury and they cannot get a unanimous verdict. don't forget to vote for your choose the news story. vote for your favorite by testing. text "1" for japan's green tea crisis. how the nuclear disaster is affecting the crops. and then "2" for small businesses tough times. text "3" for drop dead diva, when her high school said she
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gratitude to the country they believe saved them from imminent death in their homeland. his father who did not want to be filmed angrily states it's better to die in turkey than a syria ruled country. this man is 103 years older than the baby. after a few questions about his life, he starts to cry. he is from one of the towns that has been the focal point of the military crackdown in recent weeks. thousands of refugees streamed into turkey, and the media until now kept away from them. the authorities allowed the press's limited access to the refugees in the camp on a carefully coordinated tour. we are able to break away and hear some of the stories of survival.
this 4--day-old baby's uncle said he was born on the border before an ambulance can arrive that will and this 9-year-old says she remembers the gun fire and could see smoke before her family fled. row upon row is terrified families. most fled with just the clothes on their backs. the refugees are provided with food, water and other basics. as the tour progresses, a small demonstration. chants of "thank you, turkey," coupled with cries of "people want the downfall of the regime." and the children cheer anti-government slogans. all the parents that we spoke to tell us they dream of going home but a dream that cannot be realized they say until asaid
leaves. >> it's not just a problem in syria. globally the number people of forced out fr their homes is now at a 15-year high. that's according to a new report from the united nations. michael holmes goes beyond the headlines. it looks like a worldwide epidemic. what is taking place? >> we'll break down the numbers for you. people don't realize how big the problem is. this report was released in honor of world refugee day. the numbers are astonishing. the united nations calls them forcibly displaced people. that's the tag they have given the victims of persecution. now by the end of 2010, the u.n. estimates that 43.7 million people worldwide have been forced out of their homes by war, disaster, persecution, and that sort of thing. that's more than the entire
population of california. twice the population of australia. that gives you an idea of the scale of the problem. it's huge. and many are forced to leave their home or country, and 75%, idp, the people forced out of their homes but remain within their country's borders. >> what are they running from? >> all kinds of things. there is a whole bunch of different reasons. they are trying to escape, say, a natural disaster. a war, often. or being purse kautd, race, religion, social groups. i remember being in jordon and doing a story of hundreds of iraqi refugees putting stresses in that country. one thing that ties all these people together is they lost everything. >> where are they going to? >> they are from the world over,
really. can you find adps and refugees from any part of the world. but afghans account for one-third of the refugees. iraqis are up there as well. somalis, as well. and as for where they are going? this is the problem. some of the poorest countries end up hosting huge refugee populations. jordon, for example, they cannot afford to be hosting 1 million iraqi refugees. talk about pakistan, and iran, and syria, they host the most overall, essentially, you know, these are people flooding into sometimes developing country that cannot support them and it's a recipe for disaster. >> is there anything that we can do to help people who are in the situation? >> it's a tough call. because a lot of these people are so desperate. they fled from the horrors.
they are stuck. the refugee agency are in there helping to get water and food and education and health care in many cases. you see the local red crescent societies, and the most recent version of the red cross. all of these people looking for volunteers. donations, really, giving food and clothing doesn't work, but money works because it can be put to work quickly. go to www.unhd.org and find out more about lending a hand. >> thank you for shining a spotlight on the problem. the campaign season heats up, and you will hear a lot from politicians putting their statements to the test. truth-o-meter up next.
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every day it seems another politician makes a statement that makes us stop and think. is that true? we have been putting some of the quotes through the truth-o-meter. angie, tell us about this one from debby wasserman schultz. she said the obama administration has cut taxes on small businesses 17 times. true or false? what do we know? >> we rated this one mostly true.
there are 17 tax cuts, about half were in the stimulus, and the other half approximately were in a small business jobs bill. so mostly true because some of them apply to all businesses, not just small businesses. >> republican representative and presidential candidate, michele bachmann has been going after president obama. she said when he was a u.s. senator, barack obama refused to raise the debt ceiling because he said president bush had failed in leadership. what do we know? >> we rated this one true. both parties have played politics with the vote on the debt ceiling, and back when george w. bush was president obama voted with most democrats against the debt -- raising the debt ceiling. so true. >> okay. a true. all right. and this comment from another
republican presidential candidate. he says obama has put up a stop sign against oil drilling, offshore or in alaska? >> we rated this one false. it's just not the case. during the pb oil spill, there was a moratorium, but the permitting has continued, and more than 40 since february of the deep water permits, so we rated this one false. >> angie, thank you for keeping them honest. happy monday morning, huh? >> thanks. >> good to see you. there's still time to vote to choose the news. vote for your favorite by texting 22360. vote "1" for the japan tea leaf crisis. text "2" for small businesses hit hard, hard times obviously on main street, and then "3" for
drop dead diva. she fought back against discrimination and now has a role in a tv show. today's talk back question, what if anything is to be gained from the united states holding talks with the taliban? kenya says these are evnemies t the women and men of the u.s. and talks with them give them chances to kill americans. more response ahead. [ male announcer ] this is lara.
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the u.s. government is in talks now with the taliban, and defense secretary robert gates says it's nothing serious at this point. carol costello joins us from new york with some of your responses. hi, carol. >> the talkback question today what if anything is to be gained with the united states holding talks with the taliban. this from michael. we should not negotiate, talk or have anything to do with the taliban. this is absurd. we do not -- i thought we did not negotiate with terrorists? what is going on today in america? this from henry.
as distasteful as it is to make deals wtd enemy, and we choose to wage war and it has lasted far longer than any of us dreamed. let's de-escalate. talking with an enemy is better than fighting with an enemy. this from chase, talk k is better than fighting, and those that feel otherwise are welcome to go over and do it themselves. the fact that the current administration made this choice sheds light on how well the war is really progressing. please keep the conversation going. facebook.com/carolcnn. >> some people say, look, you know, how many taliban really are willing to talk now? there's a program, like 20,000 taliban insurgents, and 1,700
said we will give up our weapons, and how do we know if it's the bad guys or people with guns trying to take advantage of the program? it's hard to say. >> you don't know who to trust. who leads the two groups of taliban. are they the leaders, or do they just want something from the united states or the afghan government. can you trust hamid karzi to really negotiate with the taliban in a responsible way that would help the united states as well as his own hide? we don't know. >> good point, carol. every once in a while he says he will join the taliban. you can't tell which side he is on. very good point. >> he has said so many glowing things about the united states lately. >> yeah, true. >> thank you, and appreciate it. financing later in life comes from what you learn at an early age.
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japan's green tea field sits gracefully as a harvest is under way, but a growing radiation panic brews below the hills. i'm really worried says the farmer, just west of the fields, radiation was found on tea leaves exceeding government standards. third generation tea farmer doesn't understand how it could happen here in this prefecture. south of tokyo, and 400 kilometers away from the crippled nuclear plant. we farmers can accept natural disasters, adding the nuclear meltdown is man made impacting his livelihood. japan's economy and global image, its unfair he says, and fair or not, the government banned green tea from four prefectur prefectures. it has crippled the entire
country's tea exports. one that primarily goes to high-end buyers in the u.s. and europe and has seen a massive droppoff in orders since the disaster began. >> that's the nature of the beast. when people are fearful, they will not buy your products no matter how often you tell them they will be safe. this is an on going struggle. >> even japanese shoppers are more reluctant to consume the national drink. we need to have access to all the information, says the shopper, a little more skeptical before she buys. and the current government regulations regarding radiation don't make sense. let's say this is radiation contaminated green tea, you have to eat this amount of green tea leaves every day for an entire year before you come close to hurting your health, and that's the equivalent of about 200 bottles of green tea that you have to drink every day for an
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